by Steven Ertelt
March 12, 2008
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — Two leading pro-life attorneys warned pro-life voters at the National Religious Broadcasters convention that the difference between possible presidential opponents John McCain and Barack Obama is 35 years of legalized abortion. The pair pointed out that the Supreme Court’s pro-abortion stalwarts are coming to the end of their careers.
As a result, the choice Americans make about their next president will decide the future of abortion for decades.
Liberty Counsel chairman Mathew Staver and Alliance Defense Fund chief counsel Benjamin Bull made it clear that McCain, despite his faults, is significantly preferable to Obama or potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"We are one breath away at the United States Supreme Court — one breath, one vote away — from overturning Roe v. Wade," Staver said, according to a Baptist Press news report.
If a pro-life president can nominate another justice or two, it would result in "stopping the killing of 1.5 million children every single year and stopping the slaughter of 50 million children since 1973."
Bull who, like Staver, spoke as a private citizen, agreed there is a wide gap between the candidates on either side.
"If the election goes the Christian conservative way, we have a chance of overturning Roe v. Wade — a very strong chance," Baptist Press reported Bull as saying.
"We really can’t paint a picture bleak enough to what it’s going to look like if Obama’s in the White House," he added.
The next president could pick replacements for three of the justices that make up the high court’s five-member pro-abortion majority. Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice David Souter are all considering retirement and Stevens and Ginsburg face significant health problems.
Even pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia has talked about retirement and replacing him with an abortion advocate would assuredly keep abortion legal for another generation.
For pro-life voters who have concerns about McCain, Staver says the consequences of electing Obama or Clinton are catastrophic.
"The question you have to ask yourself is this, ‘Would you want a Bill Clinton serving on the United States Supreme Court? Would you want a Hillary Clinton serving on the United States Supreme Court?’"
"If you don’t want somebody like that, then vote accordingly," he said, according to Baptist Press.
Should Obama or Clinton win, Staver said pro-life advocates would lose control of the Supreme Court for the rest of his life.